Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 install problem !
- From: David Bolt <blacklist-me@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:10:57 +0100
On Saturday 26 Sep 2009 20:47, Vahis played with alphabet spaghetti and
left this residue on the plate:
On 2009-09-26, Baron <baron.nospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Putting in the root password and typing "startx" gets me "X server
failed to start"
What's the error?
! Non of the terminal (alt+ctrl+Fx) works either.
That's not a good sign.
Never startx as root! Never!
You don't like the pretty desktop background with those nice little
triangular warning signs and bombs?
Yes, I do know it's certainly not a good idea but I have done it in the
past and will probably do so again sometime in the future. The
important thing to not do, if you're going to use X as root, is to
*keep* *out* *of* *the* *users* *home* *directories* or, if you
manipulate something in a users home directory, use chown to
recursively set the ownership of the users home directory to that user.
That way any changed or incorrectly owned files become owned by that
user and it prevents some of the problems of having root-owned files
cause when trying to start X as the normal user.
Just log in as root. No x.
Then command init 3
Then command sax2
Then configure your display. Once it's OK leave sax2.
Unless you know the GUI will work with the settings you supplied, make
sure you test them out before leaving sax2.
Then command init 5 & exit.
You should get the GUI login screen.
And if you don't, post the actual errors produced when using startx as
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